Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Funky Weather

It was bitter cold this week with funky weather.  It rained, snowed, and much more.  On Sunday we had freezing rain which we couldn't scrape off of our windows so we just drove with very little visibility.  Fun Fun.

My companion is so trunky!!! He is so ready to go home it's hilarious.

We went on exchanges with other missionaries. That was overall fun.  We were able to teach and get work done in the freezing cold.

Yesterday we went to a soccer game to support our Investigator's, Nicole, daughter.  That was a fun thing to do.  We think it really made a difference for her and showed that we actually cared about her and her family.

We went to the temple with Tyler for the first time.  He was baptised 3 weeks ago and we were able to go to the temple to do baptisms for his family.  There were so many things that could have stopped us but we were guarded.  The roads were slick and the driver wasn't too good but we survived barely.  It was a great experience. The other cool thing was that I saw members from the Cleveland 3rd ward.  That was nice.  I also was able to do most of the work that goes on.  I marked the papers.  Just a lot of fun.

We also had zone conference this week. It was good.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
A way to remember it from our Branch President: There were actually 4 wise men.  One of them was hard of hearing and another was Italian.  The Italian wise man picks up the baby and says "It's a heavy baby." The deaf one says "what?" "I said ah heavy baby" "How much?" "About a nine pounds a six ounces"
Just one of those stupid funny ways to remember it.

Elder Vance

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The weather outside is frightful

It snowed!!!  It has snowed here but there isn't nearly as much as Kirtland.  We went to Kirtland last night with Kyle hoping to help him in his life. It was a fun trip and all.  they have 32 inches of snow up there and they keep getting more. I got to see people I haven't seen in a long time but I feel that that didn't help Kyle at all.  It just was another thing.

Also yesterday Nicole and Dom came to church.  I, once again, was playing with Dom during sacrament meeting but not as much as last time.  This time he would cheat on me so I pointed it out to him and it just was funny.  Nicole feels like she is getting more from the lessons we are teaching her this time.  Hopefully they will continue to build their faith unto baptism.

This week I also had the wonderful opportunity to walk everywhere on exchanges.  It was so much fun.  We were with the other elders in our ward and I was stuck walking.  I haven't walked that much in a long time.  The next day I totally could feel it.  So blessed to have a car.  Anyways, we were able to teach this member referral named Sandy.  She is an active church goer at another church but we taught the Restoration and she said it made sense.  No confusion or nothing.  It was awesome.

The scriptures that I am trying to apply in my life:
41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
 42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—
 43 Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
Doctrine And Covenants 121

Elder Vance

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Conference

Well this week has gone by really fast.

I have been sick with the cold this week so not fun but I am feeling better.

We had exchanges with the assistants this week.  That was so much fun.  I got to ride in the new Rav4 that has an auto pilot features.  Super cool.  Anyways we found a new investigator from that exchange.  We were driving to our appointment and had an impression to tract on some houses.  There were no parking spots near site and so we had to walk in the cold.  It being an exchange you never pack all that you need that day so I froze. It was worth it though.  We got into a house and taught the Restoration.  They were so prepared at that time.

We had Christmas Conference on Tuesday which is where the whole mission goes to the Kirtland temple.  That was fun but I forgot my camera.  I had all the intent but didn't pull through.

I think that is about it for the week.

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Matthew 5:14

Elder Vance

Dearest Gloria, 
I forgot to tell you that we saw Zach at the Christmas missionary conference yesterday. We all had a good dinner at the stake center & saw pictures of the missionaries & President Brown spoke  We saw the video clip of Light the World.  Then we went to the Kirtland Temple where they had a great program of congregational singing Christmas carols, many groups of missionaries in different zones singing Christmas songs, intermingled with testimonies. Karl also was one of those bearing testimony. Then finally President & Sister Brown spoke & the area authority from here.  Afterwards we had our picture taken with Zach & President Brown.
Love, Joyce